Monday, December 12, 2011

Local Remains A Hot Trend

It looks like "keeping it local" is still considered hot in the restaurant world.

The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1,791 American Culinary Federation member chefs in October-November, asking them to rate 223 individual food items, beverages, cuisines and culinary themes as a “hot trend,” “yesterday’s news,” or “perennial favorite” on restaurant menus in 2012.

According to the survey the top 10 menu trends for next year will be:
  • Locally sourced meats and seafood
  • Locally grown produce
  • Healthful kids’ meals
  • Hyper-local items
  • Sustainability as a culinary theme
  • Children’s nutrition as a culinary theme
  • Gluten-free/food allergy-conscious items
  • Locally produced wine and beer
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Whole grain items in kids’ meals
I've posted about this annual survey a few times over the years. One interesting thing to note is that in 2008 and 2009 Organic Produce made the Top 10, now it's not even in the Top 20 ... down to #26. The focus really has become centered on local-sourcing of ingredients. Also, not surprisingly, there's a stronger focus on children's health, an issue which has received quite a bit of press in the past year.

I've never been trendy, I mean, you should just see some of my junior high school yearbook photos (yikes). So to me "local" is a perennial favorite.

Anyway, if you're food dork like me, you'll want to check out the entire survey results.

What do you think of the list?


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